MOSCOW(Public Radio of Armenia) — On March 10, Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian had a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Moscow.
During the meeting, the work and progress between the two foreign ministries was discussed including the conduct of regular consultations. The Ministers exchanged views on urgent international and regional issues.
Nalbandian and Lavrov signed the 2016-2017 plan of consultations between the Foreign Ministries of Armenia and Russia, under which the parties will hold multiple meetings on international and regional issues, regional affairs, exchange of information, consular services and other areas.
Meanwhile, Nalbandian in an interview with Komersant newspaper stated that Armenia will continue its close cooperation with Russia in military and military-technical sphere.
Earlier, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Maria Zakharova, commenting on Azerbaijani reports of protests about the supply of arms to Armenia, said that supplies of weapons from Russia to Armenia and Azerbaijan are carried out taking into account strict observance of the need for maintaining balance of forces in the region.
“In recent years Azerbaijan has increased its military spending. We have strategic relations with Russia, especially regarding military-technical cooperation. It is no secret that we buy weapons from our strategic partner, and we will continue to closely cooperate with Russia in military-technical terms, “Armenian Foreign Minister said, commenting on the statement by Zakharova.
According to the Minister, the fact that Russia, being one of the largest weapon manufacturers, is selling weapons to various countries is natural. However, at the same time, according to him, Armenia cannot “be joyful” of the fact that Azerbaijan buys weapons and threatens to unleash a new war.
“We cannot like the fact that the weapons are purchased from our ally, who is making an effort to cooperate with Armenia, including in the framework of CSTO,” Nalbandian stated.